GOOOAL(s)

2017 is finally underway and it’s time to look at new years resolutions! Well until February, when the resolutions get in the way of chocolate.
 A lot of people around me are fond of self improvement goals that are a touch on the vague side. Lose weight, teach myself programming, learn a new language! All admirable, but easily given up. After all, languages can take quite some time to master.
While observing the many successful people in my life, I’ve noticed a marked difference in our goals list…most notably, they actually have one to begin with. Apparently they update them monthly or quarterly, instead of every January 1st. Their written objectives are more easily attainable too- my “learn Japanese” seems a lot harder than their “learn 30 kanji per month.” I also see a lot of micro-objectives listed. The ever-popular weight loss resolution is suddenly a lot more feasible when you set a little breadcrumb trail to follow (note: don’t eat the breadcrumbs.) Ten pounds lighter than I am now on this day next month, ten pounds more the month after, and suddenly you can pencil your objectives in on a calendar. Success! Well, no it’s just the beginning of the process, but at least now you have directions.

Crafting up a good book

When you have a crippling addiction to stationary and office supplies like I do, you often run into the problem of not being able to find just what you want out of a notebook or journal. This problem has haunted me for years. I have a bookcase shelf dedicated to housing all the forgotten or impulse-bought notebooks of my past. When I start looking to buy a new one I always get the husband chiming in, “Do you REALLY need another notebook or do you just want it because it looks pretty?”

YOU KNOW WHAT HUSBAND! BOTH! Okay, both. I want the pretty looking notebook: so new and shiny and full of possibilities, and I need something to fulfill that want!

So as I watched some of my favorite DIYers on YouTube make a nice, thick notebook, I drooled a little. I have never seen a journal with 500+ pages in it! I hit the internet in a fever looking for something quick and easy to fill this new void I had discovered.

Well, this one is reasonably priced but the reviews suck. “You can see pencil through the page.” Well, that is right out. Oh, this one’s pretty. I like the cover. Oh, what is that? It is made from the hide of small children and costs $400? No, thank you.

What is a girl to do? I waited for Kris to get home and showed him the video that leads me to a path of sadness.

“You see? I watched this and then I was like, ‘I need a 500-page journal!’ and I couldn’t find anything on the internet. It is broken I say!”

Kris sat there for a bit and just stared at me. I waited. He almost laughed, then coughed and went back to his grumpy face. “You watched that video, where she MADE a journal you liked and thought ‘I need to buy one’? Tina. Make one. I know you could. Hell, you could probably figure out how to make your own paper too if you looked for a bit.”

I then wasted the next two hours of his time forcing him to watch videos on how to make paper. Pointing out the people who could have done it easier and watching the Reading Rainbow episode I watched as a kid to learn how to do it myself.

So I guess out of all of that, I am going to be taking on the task of learning to make my own journal for a creative time when I am not writing. I sometimes need time to think between events in my story to figure out how they would really react and not just how I want them to react. Once I get started and make my first journal I will be sure to post pictures and share my results.

Good luck out there,  see you guys next Wednesday.